Future Space Leaders 2022 grant program announced by Future Space Leaders Foundation
Aimed at U.S. graduate students and young professionals pursuing careers related to space and satellites, the program will provide scholarships for participation in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in Paris, France, from September 18 to 22, 2022.
In addition to attending the IAC, scholars will also be involved in additional career development activities in Paris. These IAC-associated events include the Cross-cultural presentation workshopthe United Nations/International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Workshopthe Space Generation Congress hosted by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Young Professionals Workshop.
These additional activities will require the presence of the beneficiaries in Paris, France, from September 13.
2021 Grant Winners
- Shayna Hume holds a Ph.D. student studying Martian entry, descent, and landing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2020, she completed her Masters in Aerospace Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management from CU. Previously, she interned as a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow at the Aerospace Corporation, and before that at NASA Goddard, Lockheed Martin Space, and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. At the same time, she supports the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program, volunteers with the Space Generation Advisory Council to study the logistics of lunar colonization and runs the SGAC Mentorship Program, and strives to understand space exploration from point of view of human colonization through its work as an analogue. Astronaut.
- Josh Ingersoll is currently a Satellite Regulatory Engineer for Amazon’s Kuiper Project, where he focuses on space security and spectrum allocation. In the evenings, Josh conducts research for the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University under the direction of Dr. Scott Pace. This work will culminate in a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy and a Master of Business Administration in STEM Management. His research focuses on developing regulatory frameworks for non-geostationary operators (NGSOs) that enable commercial development while protecting the commons that is low Earth orbit. Outside of his professional and academic pursuits, Josh is a recruiter for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program and a member of Georgia Tech Aerospace’s Mentor in Residence program. He also enjoys teaching space lessons to primary school students via the Skype a Scientist platform. Josh earned his MSc and BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Molly MacEachen is a research associate for the Space & Sustainability Initiative (SSI) at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, where she provides project management, coordinates RA and volunteer work, and plays a critical role in operations of the main research team. She recently graduated magna cum laude from CU Boulder with a dual degree in business and sociology. While at CU, Molly’s research on sustainable innovation, corporate social responsibility, and industry-society interactions has been funded by several grants and fellowships and presented at conferences around the world. In addition to her research, Molly is a consultant for the United Nations Global Compact, where she focuses more broadly on the topic of corporate sustainability reporting. Ultimately, his work centers on the impact of the private sector on the world, specifically focusing on training the next generation of leaders to be responsible and sustainable. Molly will share her perspective as a plenary session panelist, “Social Responsibility in Space: How the Next Generation is Leading the Charge” at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2021.
- Ufuoma Ovienmhada is a PhD candidate in aeronautics and astronautics at the Space Enabled Research Group of the MIT Media Lab. In his research, Ufuoma investigates the applications of Earth Observation (EO) technologies for the sustainable management of socio-ecological systems. His paper at the IAC discusses the creation of EO-powered data tools for the management of an invasive plant species in West Africa. Ufuoma completed an internship at Planet Labs and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she researched EO applications for the study of urbanization and methane sensing, respectively. Before coming to MIT, she graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She also holds a master’s degree from MIT in Media Arts and Sciences.
- Simon Shuham is a senior sales engineer at Ursa Major Technologies, a Colorado-based rocket engine manufacturer. Before joining Ursa Major, Simon was a propulsion engineer at Blue Origin and worked on the design, integration, assembly and testing of BE-3U and BE-4 engines. Prior to Blue Origin, Simon worked at United Launch Alliance as a propulsion engineer, developing fluid systems and components for Atlas, Delta and Vulcan launch vehicles. Simon is a recipient of Aviation Week 20 Twenties and remains involved with various youth professional development organizations including SGAC, SEDS, AIAA, Zed Factor Fellowship and Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Simon graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
- Andrew Swackhamer is a research assistant at CU Boulder’s Space and Sustainability Initiative, where he studies how the recent increase in commercial space actors has affected the space environment, how taking safe and sustainable measures will affect space business models and s there is the potential for autonomy of commercial actors instead of or in addition to legally binding regulation. Currently a student in CU’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, Andrew organizes and facilitates two of SSI’s four working groups, focusing on orbital debris and right-of-way scenarios involving conjunctions between two active satellites. In addition to his work with SSI, he was the project lead for the CU Boulder team that finished second in the 2020 SEDS-SSPI competition: Taking Out the Bins, where they researched and detailed the myriad of political, business and technology involved. to adequately deal with the increasing congestion of near-Earth space. At IAC 2021, Andrew will share his experiences working in space sustainability at the Next Generation Social Responsibility Plenary.
- Anna Voelker (they/them) joined the Aspen Science Center as the new Executive Director in June 2021. Anna is also the Founder and Executive Director of the SciAccess Initiative, an international program dedicated to advancing inclusion people with disabilities in STEM. Through SciAccess, they lead many scientific inclusion initiatives, including an annual conference kicked off by their receipt of the $100,000 President’s Award from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2018. Anna is currently hosting the 2021 SciAccess Conference , which will take place virtually on May 12-13, 2021. Alongside former Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, Anna is Mission Project Manager: AstroAccess, a new SciAccess project that aims to pave the way for space explorers with disabilities. Mission: AstroAccess, in partnership with many non-profit organizations, will send a crew of disabled researchers on a ZERO-G parabolic flight later this year. Anna specializes in raising awareness of accessible science for diverse learners and has worked extensively with blind and visually impaired students using 3D printing and data sonification. Anna is passionate about making STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) accessible to everyone, as detailed in their TEDx Talk 2017. As a student at OSU, Anna designed her own major to pursue this passion and earned a Bachelor of Science in Science Communication and Accessibility, with a minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. In May 2021, Anna hosted a NASA live event where astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) answered questions from students with disabilities. It was the first ISS event to feature American Sign Language in over a decade. Anna was named a Brooke Owens Fellow in 2018 and previously worked at NASA Kennedy, NASA Goddard, OSU Department of Astronomy, OSU Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Space Telescope Science Institute , to the Office of Astronomy for Development of the International Astronomical Union and the Aerospace Society.